Prescription Drugs

Opioid misuse and addiction is a state and national epidemic.  In 2015 in Washington, 718 people died from an opioid overdose, and we continue to lose an average of one person every day.  More Washingtonians now die from opioid overdose than from car crashes. 

Prescription opioid abuse, like other drug use, often begins during the teen and young adult years. More than 1,700 young adults nationwide died from a prescription drug overdose in 2014 - nearly five people every day.   

Opioid addiction and overdose can be prevented.  Learn what you can do to protect your teen or young adult through safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal:

Learn which pain medications contain opioids, and other ways to treat pain

Find out more about medicine abuse and what you can do

Use prescription pain medication safely

Learn how to prevent and reverse opioid overdose

Find a take back site near you to return old or unused medications

For communicators and prevention professionals:

Visit this page for a variety of prescription drug prevention resources.  

Use our social media toolkit to alert parents and other caregivers to the dangers of opioid medications.